We're happy to introduce software engineer Zachary Collins, who joined Rollbar in January. Originally from Conway, Arkansas, Zachary lived in Japan for two years before making his way back to San Francisco and eventually joining Rollbar.
Zachary taught himself how to program at the age of 10, in BASIC, in order to create his own video games. Finding he was quite adept at programming, he took the GED at 14 and began studying computer science and music at Hendrix College. He's a talented percussionist as well as programmer, focusing mainly on keyboards such as the marimba or vibraphone. Zachary still composes music for the piano occasionally, although software engineering is his main focus now.
After college, Zachary moved to Palo Alto, California, and began working for Entity MCL. There, he was mostly writing in Python, programming an interface for wireless access for Windows XP.
Zachary also has a deep interest in Japan, and followed that interest to work at a small software company in Japan. He is fascinated by Japanese art and food, stating "everything comes with an old world presentation element that is fun and magical." While living in Japan, he also built the authentication systems for the G8 Summit in Hokkaido in 2008.
Zachary decided to join Rollbar due to the mature and relaxed culture, as well as the ability to mentor more junior software engineers. Both of his parents are teachers, and he also enjoys passing on his knowledge. He's looking forward to optimizing Rollbar's ETL pipeline, and dreams of reaching Rollbar "zero" (no exception occurrences) for our backend systems someday soon.
We're excited to welcome Zachary and glad he decided to join us at Rollbar!
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